The justice and equality fund was announced in an open letter supporting the US Time's Up movement, signed by around 200 women, including actresses Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Keira Knightley and Saoirse Ronan.
Nearly 200 British and Irish women involved in the film industry have signed an open letter to support the UK Justice Equality Fund. Just ahead of the Bafta Awards, the Time's Up movement gained momentum as the signatories looked forward to celebrating the 'moment of solidarity and unity across borders by coming together and making this movement worldwide.' The Time's Up movement meant these women would not wear black on the red carpet of the Awards night.
The letter, which follows the scandal surrounding Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, says the British film and TV industry has a "huge" role in promoting a "vision of an equal society".
Around 160 activists and academics have signed a sister letter pledging support for the new fund, which will be administered by the organisation Rosa.
The open letter from women in entertainment states: 'This movement is bigger than just a change in our industry alone.
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The letter highlights the gender pay gap, the insecurities of the gig economy and freelance work as well as research which found more than half of women in the United Kingdom have experienced sexual harassment at work.
'It was certainly not to be discussed, let alone addressed. "If we truly embrace this moment, a line in the sand will turn to stone". "We know that many women are subjected to abuse, which is not only about sex and gender, but also about factors such as race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, disability, age, and more; and we know that this compounds the marginalization that women have to face".
'Uncomfortable joke' The letter said the Bafta awards ceremony was a time to "celebrate this tremendous moment of solidarity and unity across borders by coming together and making this movement international".
Arterton, Harris, Andrea Riseborough, Gemma Chan, and Tessa Thompson will be joined at the prestigious event by activist guests in a move mirroring the Golden Globes last month.
Some of Britain's biggest stars will be joined on the red carpet ahead of the Baftas by activists, including Laura Bates who founded the award-winning Everyday Sexism project.
'This is about power and inequality; and it is systemic'.